(By Raheel Adnan) Post monsoon climbing season is quickly picking up pace, as more climbers arrive in Nepal. As expected, Manaslu is attracting most number of climbers, whereas Shishapangma is favorite for ski-descent. 74 years old Spaniard Carlos Soria Fontan also returns to Shishapangma.
After a cancelled summer expedition to Karakoram because of Nanga Parbat attack, Ferran Latorre attempts Cho Oyu, this autumn. The Catalonian left Barcelona on September 4th.
Aiming to climb Cho Oyu, Azim Gheichisaz has already reached the Tibetan town of Nyalam. If successful, this will be the 12th 8000er for the Iranian climber.
Cho Oyu team led by Mike Hamill and Peter Anderson, who was in Nyalam when last reported, had another acclimatization stay in Tingri and are expected to have reached Base Camp, by now. The Expedition guided by Dan Mazur left Kathmandu and reached the Nyalam town on September 3rd. They had an acclimatization hike to Mt. Kagali (4300m) on 4th, and must have resumed the journey to BC, today.
Oldest person to climb K2 (at the age of 65), Broad Peak (68 years), Makalu (69 years), Gasherbrum I (70 years) and Manaslu (71 years), 74 years old Carlos Soria returns to climb Shishapangma as his 11th eight-thousander. He has already attempted the mountain in 2005, when he turned back from Central Summit. Carlos Soria has been climbing in Bolivia for acclimatization and will be leaving for Kathmandu, tomorrow (September 6th).
Italian Danilo Callegari (30) will attempt to climb Shishapangma in alpine style. He arrived in Kathmandu on September 4th and is currently busy in pre-expedition chores. Danilo’s project also includes cycling from Tibet to Arabian Ocean (via Nepal and India), after Shishapangma attempt.
Hungarian lady, Erzsebet Lestak, will also be on Shishapangma, this season. She arrived in Kathmandu on September 1st and has reached Nyalam. Today, she climbed a 4700m peak, for acclimatization and will be leaving for Shishapangma BC, tomorrow.
25 years old Polish climber Andrzej Bargiel will try to scale Shishapangma and make a skiing descent, which will be documented by Red Bull. Finally, the Ski Shishapangma Expedition has reached the BC, couple of days ago and is now working to proceed forward.
Kiwi/Australian lady Chris Jensen Burke and Lakpa Sherpa have climbed three 8000m peaks (Lhotse, GII & GI) this year and are attempting Manaslu, now. They were on Manaslu last autumn as well, but decided to leave the mountain after the disastrous avalanche. Chris is already back in Kathmandu, and will be travelling towards mountain on 10th.
Turkish climber, Tunc Findik, climbed Shishapangma in spring and fortunately returned unharmed from Nanga Parbat in summer, as he was in C2 when terrorists attacked the Diamir BC. Tunc flew to Nepal on September 1st, to climb Manaslu.
Led by Fabrizio Molignoni, an Italian expedition will try to climb Manaslu on the eve of 150th anniversary of Italian Alpine Club. The expedition is also supported by Italian Army.
Spanish climber Xavi Arias will be on Manaslu, this season. He intends to scale the mountain in light style and direct (summit push from BC to summit), without using bottled oxygen and porters support.
Two young Italians, Alice Cavallera and Alberto Pacellini, are currently trekking to Sama Gaon. Russel Brice is also guiding a thirteen members international expedition to the mountain.
Based in Lahore, Pakistan, telecom engineer and mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for ExplorersWeb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at AltitudePakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.
Post Monsoon Climbing Season Kicks Off
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